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Surrender A Shared Kiss
by Joshua Smith BY JAMES Lescher
In Key West, Florida, a marker states, "Southernmost point - Continental USA." It presents one with the quandary, "are you at the start of something special or the end of something wonderful?"
It was about 11:58 PM on December 31st, 1984 when I saw what I wanted most in this lifetime. We were at the corner of Greene and Duval in Key West.
Forty hours earlier we were on a runway at Chicago's O’Hare airport with our fingers crossed that the wings of our jet could be de-iced. The wind chill temperature was seventy-five degrees below zero.
When we landed ninety minutes later in Miami, it was seventy-five degrees. In the space of a ninety-minute flight we had experienced a one hundred and fifty degree temperature swing. We started out the day with mukluks and snorkel parkas and, after landing, happily changed into Hawaiian shirts, and cut-off jeans.
A mid-winter vacation for those from the cold, frozen north is like a man on his death bed discovering ice cream. It's a miracle that won't last long enough.
We were three couples trying to "lose the winter blues." I was with a gal I had been going out with for several months and two couples I had known for years. The guys were long time friends. All three ladies had proven their ability to be amazingly tolerant of what could be our less than stellar, borderline delinquent behavior. When we gathered we occasionally, to quote the Coneheads, "consumed mass quantities of alcohol."
Key West is a place seemingly disconnected not only from the mainland, but reality. The sense of displacement I felt was partially due to umbrella drinks, some of it was semi-tropical weather, a bit of it was the colorful local denizens.
When everything you know is turned upside-down, it tends to leave you open to suggestion. Travel to exotic locations, the extreme contrast of temperatures, the liberating effect of shedding clothing and "going native" has an unraveling effect on most temperature challenged northerners.
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